The artist behind this small dream home is Michelle De La Vega, an artist who decided to transform her old garage unused garage into a 250 ft2 (23.2 m2) cozy apartment. Being “visual artist, designer and welder”, she made perfect use of seemingly unimportant objects and gave us a wonderful example of a perfect, low-cost DIY project.
The construction that she started with was rather inexpressive and dull, just as a garage would be. But the artist saw potential and imagined an amazing dream home project sheltered in it. It takes quite a lot of imagination to do that. Nothing but the walls and roof was kept from the old garage, which were refurbished as well to match the aesthetics of the new design. Fitting a small home that provides everything a normal one would into a 23 square meters garage is challenging and requires innovative solutions at every step. The space available was used to the maximum and every inch of it serves a purpose. Probably the most ingenious solution of all was to create a sleeping area above the entrance. Although it might look rather unwelcoming at first, I’m pretty sure it’s a very cozy space to sleep in; but in the end everybody is different. The area saved by doing this was used for setting up a social area, finished with warm wooden parquet, a cool sofa and a small metal fireplace, placed on an old brick background. Very stylish. In the same area, Michelle organized a small kitchen, featuring just the necessary utilities. There is no oven for example but after all, it’s not imperative to have one.
Almost all the objects in the house are either refurbished or created by her. The kitchen sink, the metal lockers near the entrance or, the coolest of all, the refurbished bathtub. There are few items that can be found in other homes, a fact which gives this small dream home its personality. It is unique, one of a kind. And that might just be the key to creating not just a house but a home. Something that feels different and only you can enjoy. It does indeed require some time to design and create all of it but in the end it was definitely worth the trouble. And the good news is you can do it yourself. Michelle’s DIY project is the perfect example that you don’t really need an interior designer; just a bit of imagination and determination. I have to admit; this small dream home feels much more welcoming than any expensive modern mansion. Congratulations to the designer.
Photo courtesy to Ira Lippke